Department of Dance

Our People



Joel Smith
Composition; Critical Dance Performance; Jazz Technique; Production

Professors Emeriti

Wendy Rogers

Susan Rose

Marta Savigliano

Christena Lindborg Schlundt

Fred Strickler

Linda J. Tomko
History, Embodying Dances Past


Anthea Kraut
Critical dance studies, critical race theory, U.S. dance history

Associate Professors

Jacqueline Shea Murphy
Cultural Studies, Dance Theory, Choreographing Writing

taisha paggett
Contemporary Performance Practices

Joel Smith
Composition; Critical Dance Performance; Jazz Technique; Production

Assistant Professors

María Regina Firmino-Castillo

Imani Kai Johnson
African Diasporic Ritual Cultures, Hip Hop and Streetdance, Critical Theory, Critical Race Studies

Anusha Kedhar
Indian and Indian diasporic dance practices, dance, labor, and political economy, critical dance ethnography.

Luis Lara Malvacías

Jose L. Reynoso

Ni'Ja Whitson


Brandon J
Hip Hop Dance

Kelli King

Clydean (Makeda Kumasi) Parker
West African

Visiting Lecturers

crystal sepúlveda

Event Specialist

Lily Szeto


Department of Dance Administration

Marilyn Madrigal
Financial & Administrative Officer
ARTS 126
(951) 827-5491

Sarah Nosce
Financial Analyst
(951) 827 – 2127

Elaine Chacon
Academic Advisor
INTN 3033A
(951) 827-3343

Erika Santoyo
Academic Advisor
INTN 3033B
(951) 827-5487

Schedule an Appointment

Kathleen DeAtley
Program Promotions Manager
(951) 827-3245

Lily Chan Szeto
Event Specialist

Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts

Erika Suderburg
Program Director
(951) 827-2685

Christine G. Leapman
Assistant Director
(951) 827-5739

CHASS Facilities Administration

Paul Richardson
CHASS Facilities Manager
(951) 827-2675

Mary Longtin
Facilities Access & Scheduling Coordinator
(951) 827-2674

Julie Salgado
Conference & Events Coordinator
(951) 827-2731

Albert Fetter
Instructional Support Technician
(951) 827-3869

Ph.D. Students

M.F.A. Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

Alumni Ph.D.

Alumni M.F.A.

Alumni M.A.

Alumni B.A.

Guest Artists

In addition to the outstanding faculty of nationally recognized scholars and artists in the Department of Dance at UCR, visiting scholars, choreographers, and professional dancers come to UCR frequently for residencies, to perform, and to conduct workshops, master classes and lectures. Visiting guest artists add to the scholarly dialogue and artistic exchange nurtured at UCR.

Learn more about our past guest artists and events

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Dance
121 Arts Building

Tel: (951) 827-3944
Fax: (951) 827-4651

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